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Avant-garde Montrealers

Jewellery, Glass and Ceramics as Envisioned by Gallerists Jocelyne Gobeil, Elena Lee and Barbara Silverberg

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) is dedicating its Design Lab to three Quebec gallery owners who used their expertise to ensure glass, ceramics and jewellery become recognized as fully fledged artistic disciplines. Avant-garde Montrealers: Jewellery, Glass and Ceramics as Envisioned by Jocelyne Gobeil, Elena Lee and Barbara Silverberg pays tribute to these audacious women and their resolutely contemporary vision of these practices.

Bringing together 60 of these works – which the Museum now proudly boasts in its collection – Avant-garde Montrealers attests to the vast creative potential of jewellery, glass and ceramics.

David Gilhooly, Auburn, California, 1943 – Newport, Oregon, 2013, Late Afternoon Snack, 1983, painted and glazed earthenware, wood. MMFA, gift of Barbara and Philip Silverberg. Photo MMFA, Christine Guest